Considering the rising clout of Putin-led Russia and the American folly in Syria and Iraq, it is unlikely that the tension will give rise to a full-fledged Cold War
Socio-political changes in West Asia over the past two years have drawn attention of the world, including Russia and the US. Given the awkward nature of identity crises within Syria and Iraq, it is argued that Damascus and Baghdad face grave internal security challenges. The turmoil in Syria and Iraq has reached a tipping point, and it does not guarantee a swift end to the fighting.
There are two major reasons for the renewed US-Russia confrontation over the West Asian crises: while Moscow is the prime backer of the Bashar al-Assad regime, the US is looking for ways to check the Assad Government, albeit non-militarily; and the second reason is the rise of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).
Iraq crisis: Russia-US concern
The crises in the West Asian region have prompted Russia to involve itself in the regional conflicts, especially in Syria and Iraq. Russian leaders, including President Vladimir Putin, constantly claim that the opposition rebels used chemical weapons in Syria. However, Americans are more or less convinced that the Syrian Government was responsible for the chemical attacks.